Why do we believe in God?


In the Bible, God tells us to kill other people. Why does God want us to kill? I though the point of religion was to bring peace and to stop human suffering. But I guess, its all part of God's plan right? Here are a few (and I mean just a few) verses where the almighty commands his followers to kill other people.

"... he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death" 
Exodus 21:17

Sounds like a very harsh punishment. The crime doesn't fit the punishment, does it? Here is another.

"Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves"
Numbers 31:17-18

In this chapter from the book Numbers, God is tells Moses to wage war against the Midianites. The Israelis win their battles and kill all the adult males, destroy the cities of the Midianites, and capture all the children and women. Then in these two verses, he commands them to kill every male child and any woman that is not a virgin. Then tells them to keep the young virgin girls for themselves. 

The following verse, however, would kill off so many people of the earth:

"For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day must be put to death" 
Exodus 31:15

Man, I should have died a long time ago. How many people do you know work on a Sunday? God is telling us that they must be killed. He's very clear about it. Christians often like to ignore these passages. I could go on and on, but you can find more verses where God is telling us to kill. Yet one of his commandments is not to kill. There are so many contradictions in the bible, its enough to make your head spin.



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